LAURENCE ANYWAYS. Directed by Xavier Dolan. Canada/France. 2012. 168 min. French with English subtitles
An epic romance about an untenable love affair, Xavier Dolan’s third feature is his most stylish and mature work to date. The film centres on the tortured, on-again, off-again relationship between Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a writer and teacher, and his girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clément), a line producer on film productions. As the film opens, they’re ensconced in one of their favourite places: the car wash, a fitting emblem for their claustrophobic relationship. Devout bohemians who have little interest in conventional mores, they lead a charmed existence buoyed by their contempt for virtually everyone else on the planet. That is, it’s a charmed existence until Laurence breaks down in tears and confesses that he believes he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body. Initially shocked, Fred soon decides to carry on as if nothing has happened. But as family pressures and her own doubts begin to mount, the couple drifts apart.
Sunday, May 5th, 7:00 PM
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON